Book Review

Educational Technology: Best Practices From America's Schools

Reviewed by Philip Knight,
superintendent, Unified School
District 214, Ulysses, Kan.

 

In Educational Technology: Best Practices From America's Schools, William Bozeman introduces readers to the trends and educational issues surrounding technology adoption and provides those new to the subject with a primer on the topic. The greatest contribution of this work to the educational practitioner can be found in the fourth and concluding chapter, which profiles recent successful applications of educational technology.

Based on a nationwide search for the best practices, Bozeman, a professor of educational leadership, profiles 40 of what he considers the best programs in schools' use of technology. Readers will appreciate the in-depth information as each profile includes a description of the program and an outline of the program's goals.

In addition, Bozeman provides data on each program's school and community, an outline of the results, the difficulties encountered, things to consider and associated costs.

An example of one successful educational use of technology identified in the book by the author involves the use of real-time video conferencing activities to foster collaborative learning. Through the use of a computer, video conferencing software, a digital camera and an Internet connection 1st grade students in Ithaca City, N.Y., School District collaborated with middle school students in Renton, Wash., on a science unit involving the study of trees indigenous to the two states. The author identifies the equipment used in the project, associated costs, the project's results, difficulties encountered as well as the contact person.

Educational Technology will be a valuable resource to the experienced school leader who must make and manage investments--both financial and human--and to the new administrator who needs to acquire some savvy in technology quickly.

will be a valuable resource to the experienced school leader who must make and manage investments--both financial and human--and to the new administrator who needs to acquire some savvy in technology quickly.

(Educational Technology: Best Practices From America's Schools, by William Bozeman, Eye On Education, Larchmont, N.Y., 1999, 283 pp., $39.95 hardcover)